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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S BEEN . . .


How time flies . . .  Can you believe that 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes are 30 years old this year?   But how about some short term (?) "can you believe, it's been so long" examples . . .


20 Years Ago (1978):

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
First remake of the old 1950s Invasion of the Body Snatchers Black & White classic movie starring Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy (Spock of the Star Trek series of all things!) has in itself become a minor classic of sorts . . .

Superman - the Motion Picture
Still the best in the series - and yes, it is doubtful whether Nicholas Cage would ever be such a convincing Superman as Christopher Reeve was.

Capricorn One
Movie in which NASA fakes a landing on Mars and astronauts get chased around in the Nevada desert . . . remember now?

The Lord of the Rings
Animated film version of the Tolkien cult favourite fantasy novel. By the makers of Fritz the Cat - stopped halfway through the story. No sequels were ever made . . .

The Fury
Telepathic mutants run amok. Can't remember it? Don't blame you . . .

15 Years Ago (1983):

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The Dead Zone
Stephen King tale about man who can "see" the future of individuals he touches. Surprisingly it stars Christopher Walken as a good guy . . .

The Day After
Nuclear Armageddon is unleashed as the Soviet Union and the States launches their missiles in this controversial made-for-TV movie. Released at the height of the Cold War this was probably never Ronald Reagan's favourite movie . . .

War Games
Teenage computer whiz kid almost unleashes World War III when he hacks into an advanced U.S. defence computer. Yeah, they had an obsession with that sort of thing back in the early 1980s. By the way, the Internet was almost unknown at that time . . .

Superman 3
Pathetic third film in the series has Richard Pryor playing the buffoon. Richard who?

Testament
Family awaits death by radiation in understated drama . . . I told ya . . .

Return of the Jedi
Third Star Wars film that featured Care Bears . . .  er sorry, Ewoks . . .

10 Years Ago (1988):

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Earth Girls Are Easy
Can't remember this one? Sci-fi comedy/musical starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. If you look closely you'll see Jim Carrey in there as well . . .

They Live
Cult director John Carpenter's subversive dig at 1980s materialism. Probably not Ronald Reagan's favourite movie either . . .

Alien Nation
Aliens (from another planet - not the illegal sort) are integrated into American society after their spaceships lands on earth. Parable about race relations prefers to be a cop/buddy movie. Inspired a television series of the same name. . .

Young Einstein
A brief international infatuation with Aussie culture (remember that?) made this movie a hit - difficult to see why . . .

5 Years Ago (1993):

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Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs run amok on deserted island in one of the biggest hit movies ever. If you think the movie was more recent than 1993 then it's probably because you're confusing it with the remake, er sorry, sequel, The Lost World that we got to see last year . . .

Demolition Man
Satire of all things politically correct is actually also a funny and violent action movie. One of Sylvester Stallone's better efforts and probably a firm favourite of George Bush (remember him?) . . .

Robocop 3
Third and (hopefully) last Robocop movie especially sanitised for the kiddie market. When did the first Robocop come out? 1987. Its sequel in 1990. This one was terrible and awful . . .




 

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